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Cooking with the Kids #2 - Potato Octopus with Baked Fish Bites


This week it's Tom's turn to cook. He choose fish fingers and this brilliant idea for potatoes; an octopus! 

The fish we picked up from the fishmongers wasn't really the right shape for fingers (it wasn't a uniform thickness for one) but we applied the same technique and made fish bites instead. The kids liked it though saying they looked the the rocks the octopus lived in. So it's all good!

And Tom LOVED making the mash potato tentacles! 


Fish Bites

(or fish fingers)

Serves: 4-6 | Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 20 mins


Ingredients


400-500g of firm white fish (skinned & filleted)
100g breadcrumbs
1 tsp oregano
pinch of cayenne
zest of 1 lemon
salt & pepper
1 egg
oil


Method


Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 (200c / 400f)
Cut the fish into desired shapes
Mix the breadcrumbs, oregano, cayenne, zest & seasoning
Dip the fish in beaten egg and then in the breadcrumb mix
Spread the oil over a baking tray and arrange the fish on it
Bake in the oven for 20 min



Potato Octopus

Serves: 4-6 | Prep Time: 25 mins | Cooking Time: 15 mins


Ingredients


6 medium sizes potatoes
100 ml whole milk
50g butter
1 large tin of peas & carrots (or 200g fresh peas & 3 medium carrots)
Chorizo for decoration

Method


Peal potatoes and slice in half lengthwise, boil of approx 15 mins
Meanwhile cook the peas & carrots
Once to potatoes start to turn soft, drain and choose some pieces to use as octopus heads
Heat the milk & butter and add the remaining potatoes. Mash!
Place a "head" on each plate and use an icing bag with the largest round nozzle to pipe out the 8 tentacles.
Use a dab of mash to stick two chorizo eyes on the heads.
Drain the peas and carrots, use peas to decorate the tentacles as "suckers"
Serve with the remaining veg and the fish.


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